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Update on Water Issue

From the Western Berks Water Authority...
The water is safe for use and consumption.  The odor or taste issue was caused by a water main break that occurred in Bern Township. The tank was drained down and had a staleness taste to it and then boosted chlorine for disinfection.  This will clear itself up shortly.

To help speed the process some hydrants will be flushed.  You are welcome to use bottled water for the time being, but the water is safe to drink and can be used for daily use.  If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact Borough Hall at 610-374-8273

Trick-or Treat Night

Monday, October 31st (6:00PM to 9:00PM)

Election Day

Tuesday, November 8th


Lighthouse Christian Center - 3 members have been approved to solicit in the borough through 12/29/16

Environmental Advisory Council

The EAC board currently has a vacancy. EAC meets on the 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. of every month to discuss environmental issues. Interested residents should forward a letter of interest to:

Borough of West Reading
Attn: Cathy Hoffman
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611


Friday, October 21st - Harvest Hayride and Costumes on the Corridor
Saturday, October 22nd -
Harvest Hayride
Monday, October 31st - Trick or Treat Night
Saturday, November 5th
- Mother-Son Dance
Sunday, November 6th - Daylight Savings
Tuesday, November 8th - Election Day
Friday, November 11th - Borough Hall Closed (Veteran's Day)
Friday, November 11th - 2nd Friday on Penn
Thursday, November 24th - Borough Hall Closed (Thanksgiving)
Friday, November 25th - Borough Hall Closed (Day after Thanksgiving)
Friday, December 2nd
- Tree Lighting
Friday, December 9th - 2nd Friday on Penn
Friday, December 16th - House Judging
Saturday, December 19th
- Run Santa Run (5K Run)
Monday, December 26th - Borough Hall Closed (Christmas)
Monday, January 2nd - Borough Hall Closed (New Year's Day)

Our Online Payment Option is now available! If you have an internet connection and an e-mail address, you can now pay your water bill online. To pay your bill online go to 

Parking tickets can now be paid online by visiting the following link:

Only parking ticket #'s that start with "PV" can be paid through this link. There is an additional fee of $1.98 to pay your parking ticket online.


Remember that BULK collection is the FIRST FRIDAY of the month and only one bulk item is allowed. Please do not place these items out on other trash days. If you have any questions pertaining to the bulk pickup please contact Borough Hall.

Also remember to place ONLY recycling in your recycling containers - NO TRASH! This way the hauler doesn't need to search through your bin.

Special Notice concerning trash/recycling:

The Codes Department will be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids.  Notice of Violation letters will be sent to any property found to be in violation.  If the violation is not corrected a citation will be filed with the District Justice Magistrate.  Due to the public health and safety of the residents, we as for your cooperation with the following.

1.) All refuse MUST be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons.  It is suggested that you mark your containers with your address.

2.) Four (4) trash cans per residence per pickup are allowed.  Please DO NOT place bulky items out for regular pickup.  These items may only be placed out for pickup on the first Friday of every month.

3.) Please DO NOT place trash/recycling out prior to Noon the day before pickup and promptly remove your receptacle by midnight on the day of pickup.

4,) Trash pickup remains every Tuesday and Friday
Recycling pickup remains every Wednesday.

5.) Yard waste MUST be placed in biodegradable bags for pickup or arrangements need to be made with the Borough Garage for disposal.  Please call 610-374-8605 to schedule and appointment between the hours of
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Streets.

6.) Electronic items such as microwaves, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will not be picked up by the trash hauler.  These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials.  Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at for more information.


Attention businesses and residents of West Reading Borough....If you get a phone call from PP&L asking you for money or your electric will be shut off if you do not comply, please contact West Reading Police at 610-373-0111. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!

Water Quality Report Information

Every year at this time we provide all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year.  The report contains important information about the source and quality of our drinking water.  This year, instead of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here.  However if you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please call the water department at 610-374-8273, option 1 and we will be happy to send one out.

Buttonwood Street Bridge Closure

For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Buttonwood Street Bridge please click on the link listed below. 


To learn more about the program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.

The CodeREDâ„¢ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications.  CodeREDâ„¢ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeREDâ„¢ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.


Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority

In case of a water related emergency and to get up to date information on the water advisory, please go to and click on the "water advisory" link.





Upcoming Event

Harvest Hayride
See Details


The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
Fax: 610-374-8419
E:mail: webmaster
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.